One reason I am grateful for my Challenge Detroit experience is for hearing individual stories of strength from people all over the city. Be it starting a business from scratch or saving the community’s park, to everything in between, being surrounded by countless determined and ardent people has energized me to put in my best […]
*This post was coauthored by fellow Amelia Suarez.
Soccer, futbol, the beautiful game. For a sport that lacks the media attention of baseball and football (notice the spelling) in our country, soccer has garnered a great deal of attention in this city and gained much of that coveted, gritty Detroit spirit. Emily already did a great job in […]
“At a time when millions of capable people are unemployed, 5.6 million good jobs exist for anyone willing to learn a skill that’s actually in demand. But no one is lining up to take these jobs. Why? I think it’s because “We the People” have convinced an entire generation that a whole category of critical […]
It has only been ten months since I graduated with a Bachelor’s degree from Kalamazoo College. At times, it feels like my old life in Kalamazoo, living with six of my closest friends and writing my senior thesis from various quiet corners of campus, happened a lifetime ago. How could only ten months have passed […]
Being able to enter into a space of higher education from an outside yet still welcome lens is something I am truly grateful for, particularly when that space is Marygrove College in Northwest Detroit. The small liberal arts college rests in a well-maintained campus of historic stone buildings with layers of artful detail. I appreciate […]
Earlier this week, fellow Amelia Suarez and I attended an event which, I believe, greatly embodied some of the positive aspects of Detroit today. We were drawn to the event by one of the acts, but I left feeling satisfied on a multitude of levels.
The show was titled Start(ing) from DETROIT: A kickoff concert featuring […]
Volunteering is something that for many years I have not only found valuable, but fun. It’s a great way to meet new people, become aware of what’s happening in the community, and feel more connected. Plus, chances are while you’re volunteering, you’re probably really helping someone out.
One of the main components of Challenge Detroit is […]
One of the main components of being a Challenge Detroit fellow is to live in the city, whether it be downtown or the neighborhoods. While I grew up just a ten minute walk from the city’s border, living in Detroit proper has offered me experiences and insights I know I would not have gained if […]
Money talks. It says whether or not you care to spend a little more on organic products; it says where you buy your clothes; it says if you prefer a Starbucks holiday latte or a locally roasted drip coffee. Purchasing power is a small way individuals can make incremental impact on the businesses around them. […]
Last week, I attended a lecture at Marygrove College (which is a beautiful space that I highly recommend visiting) given by Karen R. Miller, author of “Managing Inequality: Northern Racial Liberalism in Interwar Detroit”. I appreciated being back in an academic environment for the night and being educated on this crucial era in Detroit regarding […]